Kim and Kanye had a whirlwind wedding party. They started in Paris with parties at Valentino’s mansion to a dinner at Versailles. This all ended with a grand, yet elegant, wedding in Italy. The couple is now on a rather quite vacation in Ireland. Can’t wait for KimYe to get back stateside.
Angela Simmons is from a family of Hip Hop greats but she is quietly creating her own empire. Her Instagram pages gives us a glimpse of her great sense and love for fashion along with her passion for working out. http://www.instagram.com/angelasimmons
LaLa has to be busy beyond belief! She’s a wife, a mom, an actress and a businesswoman. She has a hit show on VH1 that is funny and relatable. We get to see her in a lot of the roles aforementioned. You can also check her out on Instagram. http://www.instagram.com/lala
I am a huge fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta franchise that airs on Bravo TV. Most of the time there is a lot of nonsense yelling and name calling from mature women and it may seem silly to watch but every now and then a serious topic is brought up by a cast member. Cynthia Bailey introduced her struggle with uterine fibroids this season and it spoke to me and countless other men and women. I recently had a total hysterectomy because of a large uterine fibroid that my body struggled with for over a year. Just like Cynthia Bailey, I had the stomach that was protruding and the heavy periods that resulted in me suffering from anemia. After a blood transfusion and months of struggling with little to no energy, my surgery was the only way to get my old self back. It was not an easy decision. I was afraid but it all worked out and I am now feeling better than ever.
Here is a list of some facts you should know about uterine fibroids:
Fibroids are tumors that grow in the uterus. They are almost always benign (not cancerous).
Fibroids can grow as a single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit.
African-American women are more likely to develop fibroids than white women.
Fibroids become more common as women age, especially during the 30s and 40s through menopause. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.
Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms, but some women with fibroids can have heavy bleeding (which can be heavy enough to cause anemia) or painful periods, enlargement of the lower abdomen and frequent urination.
If you have fibroids with moderate or severe symptoms, surgery may be the best way to treat them.
Summer is right round the bend and if you are in the South you are already basking in the warm weather. We’ve had a brutal Winter where we were either homebound from all the snow or just wanting something hearty and warm to hit the bottom of our bellies. There was no time to work out but it’s not too late to get fit fast by just following these quick tips. I’m sure Kanye had these tips in his workout plan.
Abs (and a flat belly) are made in the kitchen, as a result, we have to alter what we eat and STAT. A high protein and low carb eating plan is a must and can be done easier in the Summer months. It’s just too hot to eat heavy meals. Combine a salad (without all the fatty dressing) and a lean protein, like chicken breast or fish, for lunch and dinner. For breakfast, I recommend a low sugar protein shake combined with your favorite fruits for an energy packed meal. If you are hungry in between meals snack on almonds or raw veggies.
Get Moving. If there is a gym near you then get there. There are so many gym franchises popping up and they are priced so that everyone can utilize them. There are Planet Fitness and Blink Fitness just to name two. Most neighborhoods also have a local YMCA. No gym, no excuses. Get outside and walk, jog or bike around your block/neighborhood. There are also organization/groups like “Black Girls Run” who meet in different locations in the city. They meet in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and run as a group. Working out in groups provides support for your fitness goals and also motivates through accountability.
Have a goal but don’t have unrealistic expectations. You cannot lose 100 pounds in 1 month (I exaggerate). You know what I mean. Know YOUR body ad love YOUR body. Be kind to it and be thankful for it. The aim is to keep your body healthy and treat it well. Looking great in a bikini or your favorite suit is just the payoff. Giselle is sexy as hell but I will never have her body. I find my own sexy. Hope these tips will help you find yours during beach season.
Brooklyn’s Kings Plaza Mall is the only in-door mall in Brooklyn, which is useful for me in the Winter months. I’m not a fan of walking store to store in the cold weather or when it’s extremely hot for that matter. King’s Plaza mall has all of my favorite stores, minus the GAP. They are adding Michael Kors which is a great addition. Kings Plaza Mall also has a “Kids Club” that meets once a month. It’s a great way to have the kiddies engage in activities with other children in the community. http://www.kingsplazaonline.com
Check out this list of some of my favorite stores at Kings Plaza Mall.
H&M. You can always rely on them for a fancy collaboration with one of your favorite designers. The ads are always hot and the clothes are even hotter. However, don’t feel like it may be too much because it has the cutest kids clothes ever! This is my 9-year old’s favorite place for finding the coolest clothes. http://www.hm.com
The GAP is no longer at Kings Plaza but it’s sister store Old Navy is. You can always find great basics and weekly deals for the entire family. No need to ever wait for a particular season or holiday to get a sale. www.OldNavy.com.
When in need of accessories and shoes that are sexy, sassy and a must have for the season then Aldo Shoes and Accessories is the place to shop. http://www.aldoshoes.com.
When in need of a shopping break and only an old fashioned chocolate chip cookie can hit the spot then stop at “The Cookie House”. This shop is a Kings Plaza staple and favorite. It’s a must try.
Looking for the perfect pair of ripped denim? Look no further than american Eagle Outfitters for that perfect pair and at the perfect price. This is a rather young feeling brand so everything in store feels care free and easy. http://www.ae.com
A maxi dress seems to always be appropriate for making any girl look pulled together without much effort. This is a gem that can be found at Forever21. The stripes are on trend but classic so you can keep it in your closet for some time. http://www.forever21.com
Say yes to flower power! Florals are perfect for Spring while welcoming to Summer. The short hem is flattering if you have longer gams to show off or muscular ones that you’ve created this Winter at the gym. http://www.forever21.com.
Denim NEVER fails! When in doubt, just grab your favorite jean shorts. Overalls have made a comeback. You remember them from the 80s. You probably thought you’d never go back there but its ok to take an 80s leap. http://www.express.com.
Did you know that Adam Levine does a collab with Kmart? Yeah, me neither. It is worth checking out! The looks are easy breezy and you can dress yourself and your beau for that cookout in super cool clothes for an even cooler price. http://www.kmart.com.
Watermelon with Chile, Salt and Lime – Courtesy of The Kitchn
Spicy and salty, sprinkle this chile mixture on any of your favorite summer fruits like mango, cantaloupe or papaya.
1 tablespoon kosher salt or other coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground chile pepper
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 (10-pound) watermelon, cut into wedges
Lime wedges and mint leaves for garnish (optional)
Combine the salt, chile pepper and lime zest. Arrange the watermelon wedges on a platter and drizzle with lime juice. Sprinkle the chile mixture on top. Garnish with lime wedges and mint leaves, if desired.
Corn on the Cob with Garlicky Italian Butter – Courtesy of Eat Wisconsin Cheese
For a perfectly cooked ear of corn, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in your shucked ears of corn and bring the water back to a boil (roughly 3-4 minutes). Drain the water and enjoy your corn on the cob!
Place butter, garlic, basil and tomato paste in bowl of small food processor (or place in bowl and use electric mixer). Pulse mixture until blended. Add Parmesan and mix. Remove to sheet of plastic wrap or waxed paper. Form a log about 1 1/2 inches across and 6 inches long, rolling paper tightly around. Refrigerate and let season overnight, if possible.
Hamburger Special Sauce – Courtesy of Bon Appetit
Forget the standard ketchup and mustard. Wow your guests’ taste buds and slather this secret sauce onto your hamburger buns.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon finely grated onion
1 tablespoon sweet relish or 1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
2 teaspoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and serve with burgers.
What is an outfit without a bold statement accessory? Most of us don’t have estate pieces from our great bandanna so what then? I suggest you visit the websites I’ve compiled below to and visit these brands for the greatest pieces of jewelry to compliment that casual white T or denim shirt that you will most definitely be rocking this Memorial Day weekend.
The RequiredFlare shopping experience delivers you a very “city girl” feel. You can find earrings, necklaces and bracelets but there is also a small selection of handbags and cute and trendy “hair flare”. There is free shipping for orders over $45 which is a bonus for the girl on a budget. http://www.Requiredflare.com
This brand has taken the accessory world by storm, BaubleBar. First off, the name is genius. a bar for baubles! That is exactly what you get when you visit this site. There is even a guest bartender feature on the site and supermodel Coco Rocha is the bartender this month. Run, don’t walk. http://www.Baublebar.com
FrugalFinds is fantastic for getting the bling that gives you that “Around the Way girl” feel. If you need a Gold Cuban Link then this is the place to go. It is an essential piece to jazz up your casual look this Summer. http://www.FrugalFinds.com
This post would be nothing without the mention of one of our favorite brands, JCrew. The Crew has really emerged at a stop for some of the best baubles for work and play. www.JCrew.com.
I struggle when wearing high heels! I practice walking in them, well not really, and yet I still look like I have two left feet when I’m stomping in stilettos. I do myself and everyone around me a favor and avoid high heels. There is nothing worse, to me, than a woman walking unsteady in heels. Throw those heels out and reach for these classic flats. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite designers/stores that carry well made and classic flats.
There is nothing like a classic ballet flat to class up an outfit. I find it very Parisian chic. Ballet flats transcends time and trends.
My very favorite “go-to” flat is the Reva by Tory Burch. The gold insignia draws the eye directly to these classics. http://www.toryburch.com.
Sam Edelman creates the most comfortable and lightweight leather flats. They feel like air on your feet. These are as great as any running shoes only cuter. http://www.samedelman.com.
Vince Camuto has also become a fantastic resource for me as far as choosing the perfect pair of flats. This brand is classic yet edgy. There is a real city edge and feel that I absolutely love about Vince Camuto. The affordable prices are just the icing on the cake. http://www.vincecamuto.com.
Last, but certainly not least, is our favorite superstore, Target. This is where I get my eggs, bread and some shoes all in the same visit. Don’t judge me. Lol. Target has the greatest selection of flats during the Spring and the prices are phenomenal! the styles are always on trend yet there are always classic colors like black, blush and an animal print. http://www.target.com.
I’m a naturally curly girl but sometimes I have a hankering for some Brazilian or Malaysian hair. Now, “quality” hair tends to be pricier than most of the hair you will buy at your local beauty supply store sold in packages. Disclaimer: There is nothing wrong with packaged hair. It just does not stay in it’s original form for too long. It gets matted and tangled easier. With that being said, here is a peek into some of my favorite and some of your according to your youtube reviews. Youtube ladies rock!
http://www.trueindianhair.com has New York locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Nothing beats a visit to an actual location in order to touch and feel the hair that you are interested in purchasing.
If you don’t know BeautybyJJ then please run to http://www.youtube.com and search her name. She represents for the girls who rock the Brazilian and the Malaysian flawlessly. She is committed to WhitneyMarie UK. She is really versed in applying make-up and her videos are about application of all types of fabulous make-up brands but take a peek at the hair while you are there. http://www.whitneymarieuk.com.